Women empowerment has been a much talked about issue, more so after the infamous Delhi gang rape on December 16 last year. Yet, crimes against women are on an all time high.
But all hope has not been lost, not yet.
The students of Step by Step school, Noida, took a brave step forward in women empowerment by holding a daylong event to spread awareness on various crimes against women. The event, driven by students, was aimed at spreading awareness and changing the mindset of a society where crimes against women are on the rise.
The event, organised by the school administration and enthusiastically participated by students, saw two short films - "Moksha and "Saving Face" - being screened. The movies focussed on atrocities on widows and acid attacks that women faced.
"Children are agents of change. The initiative for the event was taken entirely by the students. The two films by the famous directors passed on powerful messages and we hope that they will make help influence the way of thinking of the audiences," said Anita Raina, head of senior school.
Apart from the two films, the event also saw a small play, 'Khol Do' by Manto, being staged during it by the student artistes.
Mohammed Fahim, the director of the play said, "The student actors, while practising, often got involved in debates and discussion and it was a great experience to hear their own connotations."
A panel discussion was also held at the end.